No matter how good of a photographer you are, at some point, you will have to rely on the services of a photo editing app. Before you come at me with the “editing is cheating” argument, I’ll have you know that indeed, editing is not cheating. If anything, it’s a chance for you to sharpen your photographic skills to attain outstanding photos. But that’s a story for another day. Today, we focus on the best photo editing apps available. With more apps being created daily, pinning down an app that is almost perfectly tailored to your needs is frustrating and time-wasting, to say the least. We help you differentiate apps that are truly helpful from crappy ones by reviewing the best photo editing apps in the US.

What you should be looking for.

Here we are going to discuss basic criteria that must be followed during the selection of photo editing application. Best photo editing applications should at least have the following few general features

  • Interface: They should have an intuitive and simple interface and no need to use a manual to start editing your photos.
  • Importing: Your preferred photo editing application should be able to support all photo import options.
  • Editing: It must also have a comprehensive set of features as well as editing effects and filters
  • Sharing: It should make it very easy for you to share photos online.

Below are some of the best photos editing applications:

Photo Editing Apps
Snapspeed

Photo Editing Apps
It is a very powerful and versatile application. It is basically an all-purpose photo editor for image corrections and enhancements. It is usually very easy to use and it also offers a powerful collection of features.

This application excels in the following photo editing techniques:

  • RAW and JPEG editing.
  • Filters, Vignette, black and white, HDR.
  • Selective adjustments, healing tool for removing objects that are not wanted, brushes.
  • Cropping and straightening.
  • Color, exposure and sharpening adjustments
  • Frames and texts

Photo Editing Apps
VSCO

Photo Editing Apps
This is a very popular photo editing application for mobile. It boasts a wide range of editing tools that most of the other editing applications. It can act as both a photo sharing and also camera application.

It has the following outstanding image adjustment tools:

  • A wide range of presets that you can download.
  • Color and exposure adjustment tools.
  • Filter with adjustable strength.
  • One-tap presets that are beautiful and subtle.

Photo Editing Apps
Afterlight

Photo Editing Apps
This is a somewhat rudimentary editing tool but has all that you need for a basic photo editor.Has the following functions:

  • Color tones control.
  • Exposure and brightness adjusting.
  • Brightness and shadows.
  • 128 different photo frames.
  • 74 filters

Photo Editing Apps
Enlight

Photo Editing Apps
This is very versatile photo editor with very artistic and creative tools. Whether you want to do an artistic masterpiece or a very simple edit, you can use Enlight. It’s only compatible with iOS platform.

You can use it for the following functions:

  • Crop, straighten, rotate
  • Painterly, sketch effects and black and white.
  • Vignettes, light leaks, filters and two-tone gradients.
  • Color and exposure control.
  • Frames, borders, text and drawing tools.
  • Intelligent photo correction.
  • Tilt-shifts, double exposure and photo montages
  • Masking option that allows you to allow any effects to highlighted parts of the photo.
  • Blending effects.

Photo Editing Apps
Mextures

Photo Editing Apps
This application works on iOS platform only. It’s one of the most advanced applications. Mextures is one of the most advanced applications for photo editing and endless creative options.

It has the following features/functions:

  • Presets and adjustment tools for fine-tuning
  • Has import, save and share formulas.
  • Beautiful gradients and analog light leaks.
  • Blend and stack effects with the use of different infinite layers.
  • Grunge, grain, vintage and grit film textures.

Photo Editing Apps
SKRWT

Photo Editing Apps
This application works on both Android and iOS platforms. It allows you to adjust your image perspective and make the lines look square and clean. It’s only used for this type of editing.

It basically corrects distorted images which can be bent or stretched in case you use fixed wide angled lens for photography. SKRWT has the following general features/functions:

  • Correct vertical and horizontal perspective distortion.
  • Straighten lines that are converging.
  • Crop, rotate and straighten.

Photo Editing Apps
AfterFocus

Photo Editing Apps
It imitates the shallow depth of field effect as it blurs the background.

Functions/features:

  •  Blur the background using the app by simply selecting your intended area by a finger.
  • Numerous aperture styles
  • Blur control mechanism
  • Motion blur effect that creates some movement effect
  • Filter effects to enhance your photo.

Photo Editing Apps
INSTAGRAM

Photo Editing Apps
You probably thought Instagram was just another social networking app. Well, surprise! Surprise! It can do more than just chatting. This is a popular application for editing and sharing photos. You can edit the following photo aspects on Instagram :

  • Brightness
  • Warmth

More warmth means you shift towards orange tone and less warmth tends to the blue tone.

  • Saturation

This feature adjusts your image off or onto bright areas.

Photo Editing Apps
TouchRetouch

Photo Editing Apps
Basically, its dedicated solely to removing unwanted objects and blemishes from your photo.But it does it really well.

  • Creates a cleaner composition by removing objects and people.
  • Clone tool for duplicating objects.

 

Final Touches!

No matter how hard you try, at this age and time, escaping photo editing is impossible. While you are at it, why not brighten someone’s day by sending them a picture postcard? How? You ask. Well, using MyPostcard!

MyPostcard goes a long way to ensure that satisfactory designs can be applied to your postcard as you deem fit. You can design greeting cards using your own photos or you can use an existing template on the website and send it without a photo. There are also postcard templates that you can use if you want to design your postcard. The design shop has a very wide range of designs for you to choose from.

Here’s where things get interesting, you can create all kinds of cards, be it greeting cards or postcards (even wedding cards) using this app. Bette yet, it works in tandem with the above apps to give you photos worth printing and sending anywhere across the world. When all is said and done, all I can do is encourage you to try out the above apps for editing your photos. Some feedback afterward would be highly appreciated!

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Hey, I’m Theresa! My motto? Try everything once! Traveling, taking pictures, working on DIY projects - I’m always up to something. In between I write down my tips and tricks on this blog - and capture all my crazy adventures on postcards of course!

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